An education in farming

Chris and I went to the Royal Winter Fair on Friday, and though I’ve been going since I was a kid, for some reason this year I learned a lot more about farming than I ever wanted to know. The most important being that farmers don’t gloss over anything. Issues relating to life and death that we city folk deem inappropriate and politically incorrect, they just throw right out there in the open.

Look at how absolutely adorable these little piggies are!

The man standing near the display was nice enough to answer a few questions about the piglets and we learned that these little guys were only a few days old and that pigs grow very fast. The piggies in the next window were only 2 weeks old and already they weren’t cute enough to warrant taking a picture of. We also learned that by 5 months, they’re ready to be slaughtered 😦 No kidding. Here’s the sign above the pig display:

These people don’t mess around.

Oh yeah, they dress up their sheep like the Klan too.

We walked by a huge display that was sponsored by a large corporation, their logos everywhere, giving out pens and buttons and taking souvenir pictures of people. We were hoping that we might be able to get in on one of the pictures and when we walked up they asked “are you Semex customers?” Not knowing what Semex was, we asked. At which point my face went very red and I started giggling nervously and asking “are you serious?” Oh, they were very very serious. If you haven’t figured it out yet, here’s one of their displays:

Seriously. Now picture me giggling hysterically. I have no idea how these people go to work on a regular basis and keep a straight face. I’m embarassed even to look at that picture. I’m taking it down soon.

Some more pictures to take your mind off that last one.

The blue-ribbon pumpkin, weighing in at 950 pounds!

Apparently llamas make good guard animals. No kidding! The picture is blurry because the damn thing wouldn’t stop moving.

I like to call this one “beefcakes to the right” 😉


3 Responses to “An education in farming”

  1. Slava Says:

    Well… I know what I’ll be getting you for Christmas.

  2. Jenny Says:

    You are a sick sick bastard.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Perhaps she’s used to it…

    Also, did anybody notice that Chris looks a lot like the guy in the Abercrombie photo below?


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